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C479 - Benitoite $ 1600
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 5 x 2.5 cm


Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/c479a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/c479b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/c479c.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/c479d.jpg]

Deep blue crystals of Benitoite to 2.1cm on schist matrix with white Natrolite. This specimen has two qualities which most do not have - deep blue color and good luster. The color is as good as it gets and the luster is good. A small shallow nick on the large crystal is the only detraction I could find. Uncommon to find them this good!


C485 - Azurite with Malachite $ 1500
Tsumeb, Namibia
cabinet - 10 x 5 x 4.5 cm


Azurite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c485a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c485b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c485c.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c485d.jpg] Azurite with Malachite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c485e.jpg]

Azurite partially altered to Malchite, with the Malachite forming fine 'bulls-eye' patterns. The Azurite is sharply formed with lustrous faces. The back is a large 10cm partial crystal and there are 2 terminated Azurite crystals attached to the front, the best is 5cm tall and grown out away from the largest crystal.


C487 - Azurite on Malachite $ 4500
Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA
large cabinet - 19 x 16 x 4.0 cm


Azurite on Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c487a.jpg] Azurite on Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c487b.jpg] Azurite on Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c487c.jpg] Azurite on Malachite from Bisbee, Cochise Co., Arizona, USA [db_pics/pics/c487d.jpg]

Bright blue, spherical crystal groups of Azurite atop rolling hills of satiny Malachite. A large, flat specimen that would add a huge amount of color to any display. Undamaged, historic specimen out of an old collection built in the 1960s and 1970s.


C491 - Rutile on Hematite on Quartz $ 1000
Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland
small cabinet - 6 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm


Rutile on Hematite on Quartz from Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/c491a.jpg] Rutile on Hematite on Quartz from Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/c491b.jpg] Rutile on Hematite on Quartz from Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/c491c.jpg] Rutile on Hematite on Quartz from Cavradi Gorge, Curnera Valley, Grischun, Switzerland [db_pics/pics/c491d.jpg]

Epitaxial red Rutile on Hematite crystals on a water clear, glassy crystal of light smokey Quartz. The Quartz crystal is 6cm tall and undamaged. The Hematite crystals reach 1.7cm in size.


C490 - Phenakite $ 1500
Izumrudnye Kopi area, Malyshevo, Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), Middle Urals, Russia
small cabinet - 8.5 x 8 x 5 cm


Phenakite from Izumrudnye Kopi area, Malyshevo, Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), Middle Urals, Russia [db_pics/pics/c490a.jpg] Phenakite from Izumrudnye Kopi area, Malyshevo, Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), Middle Urals, Russia [db_pics/pics/c490b.jpg] Phenakite from Izumrudnye Kopi area, Malyshevo, Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk), Middle Urals, Russia [db_pics/pics/c490c.jpg]

Huge 5.5cm Phenakite crystal in matrix from the classic emerald and alexandrite mining area of Russia. This is a complete crystal in schist and one the nicer display specimens of this material I have seen. Out of an old collection built in the 1960s and 1970s.


C500 - Azurite with Malachite (R) $ 5000
Christiana Mine, Lavrion District, Greece
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm


Azurite with Malachite (R) from Christiana Mine, Lavrion District, Greece [db_pics/pics/c500a.jpg] Azurite with Malachite (R) from Christiana Mine, Lavrion District, Greece [db_pics/pics/c500b.jpg] Azurite with Malachite (R) from Christiana Mine, Lavrion District, Greece [db_pics/pics/c500c.jpg]

Interconnected spherical clusters of Azurite with minor amounts of attached Malchite. This is a superb Greek Azurite specimen and was photographed in Lapis magazine. It is a floater specimen well crystallized all around and has one repair. Extraordinary color!


C530 - Hematite $ 2800
Minas Gerais, Brazil
cabinet - 10 x 7.5 x 7 cm


Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530a.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530b.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530c.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530d.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530e.jpg] Hematite from Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/pics/c530f.jpg]

Large, chunky Hematite crystal with an uncommon psuedocubic form. Great luster with parallel surface striations. This is an old specimen from a collection dating back to the 60s and 70s. It came without precise locality information, but I suspect it is from the Casa de Pedra mine in Congonhas, Minas Gerais. It's complete all around with some indentations from other crystals on top near the back, but remarkably pristine with only a couple small nicks. Even the bottom is rehealed. Weighs 2 pounds and 14 ounces!


C532 - Dioptase $ 1500
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 6.5 x 4.5 x 2 cm


Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c532a.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c532b.jpg] Dioptase from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/c532c.jpg]

Classic Tsumeb specimen of Dioptase on white Calcite. Super lustrous, transluscent Dioptase crystals in small clusters and isolated crystals. There is damage to a couple crystals, but the vast majority are fine and undamaged. Despite the damage, this quality is rare to find now.


C560 - Covellite $ 3800
Annie Vein, Summitville, Colorado, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 7 x 6 cm


Covellite from Annie Vein, Summitville, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/c560a.jpg] Covellite from Annie Vein, Summitville, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/c560b.jpg] Covellite from Annie Vein, Summitville, Colorado, USA [db_pics/pics/c560c.jpg]

Irridescent blades of Covellite crystals in a few different areas on matrix. Ex. J.H. Marshall Jr. and Geary Murdock collections and comes with three old labels. One label indicates 'exceptionally well crystallized Covellite. One of the finest specimens I have ever seen from this locality'.


C559 - Covellite $ 2500
Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA
cabinet - 10 x 9.5 x 5 cm


Covellite from Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/c559a.jpg] Covellite from Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/c559b.jpg] Covellite from Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/c559c.jpg] Covellite from Butte, Silver Bow Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/pics/c559d.jpg]

Irridescent blades of Covellite crystals on matrix with Quartz crystals. From the Don Boydston collection and comes with an old Burminco label.


C564 - Fluorite with Quartz $ 1200
Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China
small cabinet - 6.2 x 6 x 4 cm


Fluorite with Quartz from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/c564a.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/c564b.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/c564c.jpg] Fluorite with Quartz from Yaogangxian Mine, Hunan, China [db_pics/pics/c564d.jpg]

Color-zoned purple/blue Fluorite cube with 5 terminated Quartz crystals grown along the sides.Two small trivial nicks otherwise pristine. Wonderful transparency and aesthetics.


C635 - Inesite $ 3500
Wessels Mine, Kuruman, South Africa
small cabinet - 7 x 5.5 x 3 cm


Inesite from Wessels Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/c635a.jpg] Inesite from Wessels Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/c635b.jpg] Inesite from Wessels Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/c635c.jpg] Inesite from Wessels Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/c635d.jpg] Inesite from Wessels Mine, Kuruman, South Africa [db_pics/pics/c635e.jpg]

Old specimen of red Inesite in radial crystals groups on matrix of Xonotlite, with minor amounts of Calcite. Free of damage, fine specimen.


C636 - Tanzanite with Calcite $ 3500
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 7 x 5.5 x 3 cm


Tanzanite with Calcite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c636a.jpg] Tanzanite with Calcite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c636b.jpg] Tanzanite with Calcite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c636c.jpg]

Deep purple blue Tanzanite crystal perched atop a matrix of Tanzanite, Calcite, and Graphite. The Tanzanite is translucent with a jagged termination, and is undamaged. A fine, showy matrix Tanzanite that won't break the bank.


C637 - Prehnite $ 1200
Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania
small cabinet - 8 x 3.5 x 3 cm


Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637a.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637b.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637c.jpg] Prehnite from Merelani Hills, Arusha, Tanzania [db_pics/pics/c637d.jpg]

Along with many other 'world's best of species', Merelani produces the world's best Prehnites (in my opinion). This fantastic specimen is a complete undamaged floater that looks like it was constructed by dropping little grains of Prehnite atop each other until they formed this tall stack of crystals. The rear bottom is black from inclusions of Graphite, and there are Laumontite crystals included on one side near the base. One of the best Merelani yellow Prehnites I've owned.



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